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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: State of Emergency in Brunswick County

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- There are numerous areas within the county that roads are affected, flooded or closed. One in particular is Highway 17 Southbound (out of Wilmington) between Lanvale and Maco. If you need to travel from Wilmington south, travel Highway 74/76 Westbound towards Columbus County and then take Maco Road across to Highway 17 (any weight restrictions and over-sized vehicle restrictions for these roads will still apply).

Road conditions are constantly changing and there is no guarantee that this route will remain open throughout this weather event.


Talk about a case of the Mondays.

Flooding in Brunswick County left drivers frustrated as they were forced to look for an alternate route to get home. Highway 17 shut down around 7 p.m., and it's not hard to see why after the county declared a state of emergency.

The rain in Brunswick County won't go away.

Heidi Hearrell was trying to make her way home when she got stuck in at least two hours of traffic.

"This is crazy," said Hearrell. "My daughter's pregnant and could go into labor at any time and she's supposed to be on bed rest and we've been sitting here for two hours."

The Cape Fear region erased a three month rain deficit in just one day. In Brunswick County, it was a sight unlike any other as frustrated drivers took a chance in the rising water.

"I'm gonna give it a shot," said driver Greg Goleldieski. "I'm going to give it a go and just keep on the gas. Hopefully, I'll make it home."

A sea of floating cars quickly turned into a sea of flashing lights as Highway 17 in Leland was shut down because of the relentless rain storms. The standing water and falling rain is something that did not sit well with drivers trying to get home on a Monday during rush hour.

"This is the last headache that I need for today," said Goleldieski. "It's terrible."

It was a long night for everyone as tow trucks and wrecker services made their way down the highway to rescue the cars that could not bear the storm.

"It's worse than a hurricane and if we do get a hurricane we are really going to be in trouble," said Goleldieski.

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